Trialling new methods for assessing rare fish populations

The Adjungbilly Creek in the Upper Riverina Highlands is home to one of 4 remaining populations of the endangered Macquarie Perch. Over the past 10 years with the help of DPI Fisheries and Charles Sturt University we have been monitoring the population of 'Maccas' using electrofishing and fyke net methods.

There are of course disadvantages in these methods with the percentage of fish captured influenced by factors such as the size of the fish, conductivity and flow rates.

Recently we trialled a fairly cost effective method of spotlighting. With the help from traditional owners from the Brungle Tumut Local Aboriginal Land Council, 2 sites on the Adjungbilly were surveyed. A total of 6 Maccas were identified including young of year.

Latest news and events

April 23, 2024

Cultural Heritage In the Paddock

A paddock walk is being held at Brungle next week to understand more about the different types of indigenous culture that can be found on farms.

April 21, 2024

Womens Yarning Circle

Creating a welcoming environment the "Women's Yarning Circle" event is for women of the Central Billabong to gather, collaborate, be creative, share stories (cultural, Indigenous and other), and lunch on the banks of the Billabong Creek near Jerilderie.

March 8, 2024

Wetland Field Day at "Hartwood"

Join us for an evening wetland walk, talk and free bbq dinner. Friday March 8th 2024 5.30 pm - 8.30 pm Topics include: aquatic and riparian vegetation, environmental water in the Yanco Creek System, wetland fish, bats and rakali, frog identification and spotlight


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